Been wanting to put one of this up for a while but just super duper lazy about it.
Started off at the beginning of riding season in 2011. Had a bunch of friends buy bikes and all tried to convince me to get one as well. Told everybody no because I'm so accident prone. Had an 03 Cobra at the time and didn't need anything to go fast as that was all I needed. Then I let a woman into my head and sold the cobra for pickup truck (huge mistake, miss that car everyday). Now I was itching for speed, had split up said evil woman. Started looking at bikes and always loved the R6. Went to the local Yamaha shop and fell in love.
Was/is living at home with "roommates" and was told if I bought that bike I will be paying rent. Well, I pay rent now. Started off just riding around with friends around town, you know, squiding it up.
Then I discovered this forum and the true transformation started to begin. Started going up to the local mountain with my friend from work and trying to improve my cornering skills. All I did was scour this forum for information on proper technique. I took it very slow, never took myself out of my comfort zone my bike. I'm one of those people who like to learn the right way the first time.
I soon discovered that you get what you pay for in gear. Had a Icon helmet and had multiple hot spots on my head and decided to upgrade.
Also went with the clean look around this time. Removed all the stock decals.
Rode like this for a little while still hitting up the mountain everytime I rode.
I then started working on getting my ass to the track because I never really felt safe on public roads especially on mountain due to cars, gravel, etc...
Black Friday came around and Riders Discount threw a killer sale, I couldn't let it pass by. Made all of these purchases with advice and things I read on this forum. Thanks for all the info you guys post.
Sat on this stuff through winter waiting on the season schedule to be posted for track organizations. Eventually heard of California Superbike School from a couple members and started doing some research. Was kind of hesitant of making the purchase considering it was double the cost for a single day with CSS compared to the local org. Ended up PM'ing Chief and he assured me, it was worth every penny. Made the purchase for May 15 or 14, can't really remember at VIR on the North Course.
Started a looking at what I needed for the track on minimum for the R6.
Well, that brought the arrival of these and some Vesrah RJL pads along with making the switch to RBF600 fluid.
Next I had to subdue my need for a DB windscreen. Ended up going with the Zero Gravity Clear DB. Sherman would be so proud.
Also picked up some Stompgrips as well.
Next on the agenda was tires, did a whole lot of research on this and ended up going with Dunlop Q2's. Put these tires on the bike and wow what a difference. 10x better than the stock tires.
It was now time to prep for the track
. Got the bike all taped up and was ready to roll out.
Got down to VIR and woke up Eric (My94GT). He had had registered to the same day as well. Props to him for making the long drive down for a 1 day-er. Ended up raining for most of the day but we got 2 dry sessions in at the end of the day. Had a freaking blast and fell in love with VIR. Also realized that the track is where it's at.
After coming home from this, I was a changed man. Tried riding on the street a few more times. Never was the same, the street just became boring. All I wanted to do was get back to the track. I was in love with the track.
Had my next day planned out at VIR with NESBA on June 30. Paid for my registration and started getting the bike ready for their tech requirements. Safety wired the oil drain plug, filter, dipstick, and oil fill cap along with switching to Water Wetter for coolant.
June 30th finally came around and got everything ready the day before. Forecast was calling for 100+ temps, wasn't too happy with that but I couldn't let the opportunity pass me by after multiple people trying to convince me not to go in that kind of heat. Pussies
Went to Wal-Mart that night to pick up some snacks and stuff and then an epic storm came through. 80-100 mph winds so walmart wouldn't let anybody leave and put us back in the employee break room. I didn't get out of there till about 11pm. And of course when I got home the power was out which kind of killed all hopes of me making it to the track the next day as it takes a serious set of speakers to wake me up. All night I was receiving calls from friends who had trees down in their yards and such. Didn't get to bed until about 1am and just gave up on making it to the track. Got up the next day and started cleaning up the mess the storm had made. Didn't get the bike off the trailer until late in the afternoon. The forecast didn't lie that day, it was hot as balls. Canyon dancer even melted my grips onto my bars.
So feeling uber depressed about missing my trackday I signed up for 3 days at NJMP. Best decision ever. Took a week of vacation at work and make some purchases. Hooked up with Chief for woodcraft accessories. And also purchased a set of "just in-case" tires to take with me to the track.
Made the long trek to NJ and was prepared for on freaking awesome weekend. Met Ant, Chief, Burg, Walt, Talise, Billdozer, Lee, Carlos, Eric, and Roger down at the track. We all a freaking blast, I made huge improvements over this weekend. Chief took the time set-up my bike for me and even sat down with me and watched some of my videos from previous sessions and gave me pointers. I owe you guys, when people say everyone at the track is always more than willing to help, they mean. Made some really good friends that weekend. I appreciate all the advice everyone gave me that weekend, it truly helped
. Now on with the pictures!!!
The whole weekend I was fighting my helmet. Couldn't get my head down like I wanted to because it kept hitting my hump on my suit and pushing the helmet over my eyes. Decided it was time for an upgrade, needed something with more of a racefit. Picked up a Shoe X-12, after seeing billy's I couldn't resist. So sexy...
Now I know you see my fairings sitting in the background of the helmet pic. Well chief held a gun to my head and forced me to make another purchase (not really, I begged him). Picked up a set of Armour Bodies and some
Currenlty the bike is sitting in the garage with the lower off waiting on ANOTHER package from chief to take care of my exhaust. Also waiting on my brother in law to bring me some paint samples so we can start work on the plastics. Looking to get back to VIR on October. Oh and here is a render of my plans for paint.
So now I'm trying to build an awesome bike and get plenty of seat time at the track and about to start construction of my first home in a few months. Thanks for reading guys.